Basel

Jean-Frédéric Schnyder

Kunsthalle Basel

The very last part of this exhibition of the work of Jean-Frédéric Schnyder provided a key to the whole. There, in the final gallery, was a concentrated survey of his sculptural work from the '70s, wood carvings and ceramic pieces that demonstrated his obvious enjoyment of the process of solving the problems involved in making such objects—for instance, the two “bamboo sticks,” 1972, that he carved from local wood—and his highly conceptual approach to his work. For the rest of the show consisted of 438 paintings that Schnyder painted since September 13, 1982, representing his attempt to capture in painting the sum total of the visual experiences of his everyday life, his dialogue with real life in all its diversity.

Although Schnyder had pursued several directions with his painting in the '70s, the radical approach of this most recent creative phase opens up entirely new perspectives. By

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